Reparative Therapy Criticized by Southern Baptist Theologian

From ABC News:

A prominent Southern Baptist theologian on Monday spoke out against psychological counseling aimed at turning gay people straight, saying homosexuality cannot be turned off like a switch. Instead, he said, the “sin” of being attracted to a person of the same sex can be changed by turning to the Bible’s teachings.

The Rev. R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said so-called conversion or reparative therapy doesn’t carry the redemptive power of prayer.

“In the case of many people struggling with this particular sin, we do not believe that some kind of superficial answer whereby they can turn a switch from being attracted to persons of the same sex to being attracted to persons of the opposite sex,” Mohler told reporters at the start of a three-day conference on homosexuality and how to offer pastoral care to gays, hosted by the Louisville seminary.

“By God’s grace, that might happen over time as a sign of God’s work within the life of that individual. But … for many, many people struggling with these patterns of sin, it will be a lifelong battle,” Mohler said.

Ahead of the “Homosexuality: Compassion, Care and Counsel for Struggling People” conference, Mohler also said he was unwavering in the belief that marriage is only between a man and a woman. He said he believes homosexuals can change by accepting biblical teachings.

This Southern Baptist approach is still very different from the Catholic one since they seem to believe that same-sex attraction (SSA) itself, not just acting on that attraction, is a “sin” and that SSA can be turned into opposite sex attraction by prayer.

Matt 19: 12 first line.

Which is a huge reason why many Christians who have SSA have self-hatred, and because they can’t turn off the SSA, think that leaving Christianity is the only way to have peace within themselves.

Emotions including SSA are of the internal forum. SSA is not an issue. If it disappears it disappears. If one copes with it one copes with it. If one isn’t coping (with anything) hopefully there is someone who can help somehow.

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